(BTEC  Level 2 First Award)

  • Why study Health and Social Care?

Do you like helping people? Do you like looking after or working with young children?  Would you like a career in a Nursery, Hospital or Day Centre? Or a career in Social Work? Then Health and Social Care is for you!

The course will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the 21st century Health and Social Care industry. Current issues affecting the industry such as effective communication, meeting individual’s holistic needs, respecting individual rights, cultural diversity and much more will be studied.

  • Required Skills/Attributes

To be successful on the course you will need to be able to demonstrate and develop these skills: 

Effective Communication Dedication and Commitment Personal organization
Time Management/meeting deadlines Good Team Spirit Independent Learning skills

Course overview

BTECs are vocationally related qualifications, where students develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. Additionally, they are popular and effective because they encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: team working; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes. BTEC Firsts motivate students, and open doors to progression into further study and responsibility within the workplace.

This course aims to give students the opportunity to gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the health and social care sector today. It gives students a focused understanding of health and social care through the selection of optional specialist units.

Students will also have the opportunity to develop a range of personal skills and techniques, through the selection of units that are essential for successful performance in working life.

Course content

The course covers the content through different units. The first core unit of this qualification, which is externally assessed, provides learners with a solid foundation in human lifespan development. Learners will also gain an appreciation of the importance of health and social care values in the sector from the second core unit.

The two compulsory core units are:

    ·         Human Lifespan Development

    ·         Health and Social Care Values


A further two units will be studied, selected from the following:

    ·         Effective Communication in Health and Social Care

    ·         Social Influences on Health and Wellbeing

    ·         Promoting Health and Wellbeing

    ·         The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing

    ·         Equality and Diversity in Health and Social Care

    ·         Individual Rights in Health and Social Care


How you will be assessed

Unit Assessment Percentage of overall result
Human Lifespan Development
Exam – 1 hour 25%
Unit 2
Health & Social Care Values
Internally set, assessed & marked assignment 75%
Unit 3
to be confirmed
Internally set, assessed & marked assignment
Unit 4
to be confirmed
Internally set, assessed & marked assignment
Grade Equivalencies Level 1 Pass Level 2 Pass Level 2 Merit Level 2 Distinction Level 2 Distinction *
3-1 8-4

Post-16 courses and careers

Nursing   Child Care  Counsellor Social Workers Care Managers Education
Doctors   Psychologist  Translators   Nutritional Therapist Physiotherapist Paramedic

This BTEC First award will prepare you for any post-16 course, but specifically is leads well into the BTEC Level 3 Health & Social care course, which is the equivalent of 2 A Levels. The BTEC qualifications are the health and care industry’s recognised qualification which reflects the needs of employers, further and higher education representatives and professional organisations. Key stakeholders were consulted during the development of this qualification.